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December 05, 2017

Parent Educators, When Is the Right Time to Intervene in a Schooling Dilemma?

Being a parent and a teacher can be an interesting struggle. Sometimes it helps, like when Johnny or Susie comes home with homework that is in your content area and you can feel like a champ. Other times it isn't as simple. What happens if something is going on in your child's school that goes against your philosophical beliefs about how education should happen? When is it time to intervene?

August 10, 2017

Here's How Dads Can Engage in Their Children's Education in the New School Year

Guest post by Dr. Joe Mazza *Disclaimer: This article is not aimed to discount the work moms, grandmoms and other female role models have done and continue to do as it relates to parenting and family-community engagement, but to inspire dads to STEP UP and work to level the playing field in the bes...

March 02, 2017

Traditional Report Cards Are Obsolete

Report cards were a solution once that probably made some form of communication easier. However, the kind of communication it fosters sends the wrong message about what learning should be. As we shift the mindset about learning, we also have be mindful about the sub-conscious messages we send systemically about what learning actually is.

November 27, 2016

Change Requires Buy-In From Stakeholders

Any change worth making take a fair effort of all stakeholders involved, so it is necessary for us to do our best to make sure the message is clear as to why and that lines of communication are open to answer questions that arise. Change is hard and it invokes fear in most people, so we must make sure we do what we can to ease that discomfort.

October 13, 2016

It's Time to Lighten the Load and Stop Giving Traditional Homework

We need to recognize that children have very active lives both in and out of school starting at younger and younger ages now. They play travel sports which helps foster physical skills and team collaborative skills that build stamina and frustration tolerance. They play instruments which develops discipline and a love of music and additional fine motor skills. They join clubs that encourage them to dig deeper into their passions and connect them to what they are learning already in a social environment.

August 21, 2016

Do You Want to Hack Homework This Year?

There are so many responsibilities students have once they leave school that we often don't give any room for their own personal interests and/or family time. We can respect those boundaries and value their home time by adjusting some practices we have during the day and what we expect once they leave to keep learning going.

June 19, 2016

10 Lessons Learned From Harry Potter

Like with all good literature, there are many themes and lessons we can learn and apply to our every day lives... Harry Potter is no exception

May 08, 2016

How Being a Mom Changed My Teaching

Being a parent has softened me in all of the right ways as far as my teaching is concerned. How has becoming a parent changed the way you teach?

March 01, 2016

Help Students Understand the Emotional Impact of Change

Who do your students most align with, the positivity that joy espouses or the need to think deeply about the weight of the world that sadness reminds us exists? Perhaps it's disgust or fear or anger... whichever it is, be mindful that they need each other to be a whole.

January 07, 2016

I Still Read to My 10-Year-Old Son

Reading is the most effective way to develop vocabulary, voice and enrich brain development. As an English teacher, I can tell my readers in their writing as there is a delicate complexity that exists that is harder to teach. The earlier we can get students excited about words, the better their chance of being successful in life. Not necessarily only reading literature, students have so much to choose from now. Encourage them to read it all or whatever inspires them.

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